66 - Ivory-billed Woodpecker
66 - Ivory-billed Woodpecker. The Abbevile Edition double elephant folio size print. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the largest of the American woodpeckers, has long been thought of as extinct, in large part from the destruction of its habitat, and from hunting. But in 2005, the prestigious journal Science reported a rather rare sighting of this endangered species in 2004 in eastern Arkansas (Science, Vol. 308, pp 1460-1462 (2005), and https://science.sciencemag.org/content/308/5727/1460). That report brought considerable excitement and rejoice among the lovers of birds, animals, and Nature. Though a few additional sightings in the forests along the Pearl River between Mississippi and Louisiana , and in the swamp lands of Florida panhandle were also reported, definitive photographic evidence is still lacking. Nevertheless, this image painted by Audubon while he was in Louisiana captures splendidly the beauty of this large woodpecker.
66 - Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Abbeville Edition)
In 1985, to commemorate the 200'th birthday anniversary of John James Audubon, the National Audubon Society together with the Abbeville Press issued a full facsimile of The Birds of America using very fine quality color offset lithography. Only a total of 350 sets were published. These prints carry the watermark Audubon Society Abbeville Press along the long edges. Commonly known as the Abbeville Edition, these prints are known for the exceptional quality of the images. The Abbeville edition is the 2nd full facsimile set of the BOA, after the Amsterdam edition.